Today's News

  • City OKs TIF for South Central FS

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a Tax Increment Financing agreement with South Central FS for the cooperative’s new facility near the city western Interstate 70 interchange.
    It also began working on the extension of water and sewer lines to that area that would both serve the new FS facility and aid in the future development of that area.

  • City working with rail line buyers

    The city of Vandalia took the first step on Monday to working with a local resident to revive the local rail line as a way of boosting local economic development efforts.

  • Sr. Legion Firecracker Classic canceled

    Vandalia's Sr. Legion team was scheduled to play in the Mattoon Firecracker Classic this weekend, but rains in that area plus delays in the Jr. Legion half of that tournament has forced the Sr. Legion portion of the event to be canceled.

    Post 95 will still be in action, however, traveling to Bluford for a doubleheader on Thursday at 4 p.m., hosting St. Anthony in a nine-inning game on Friday at 6 p.m. and traveling to Lincoln on Sunday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

  • Farina sets Fourth of July plans

    The Farina 4th of July Celebration will start at 2 p.m. with signup for the parade at the old grade school and the horses at Kelly Welch's house.

    The parade with start at 3:00, with games starting in the park at 4:00. Bingo and the cake walk will begin at 5 p.m., as does the entertainment of the South Central High School and Middle School Music Departments.

    At 5:45 p.m., well-known magician Chris Egelston will perform. There will be demonstrations of Zumba and karate in the park.

  • Frogtown News

    Zak French and Rachel Schnmidt were married on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fairview Heights. The Rev. Tom Molini performed the ceremony. Zack is the son of Mike and Jill Butts of St. Peter.
    Charles “Chuck” Dunaway formerly of this area, died on June 14, 2013. Services were held at Zion Lutheran Church in New Palestine, Ind.
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  • Brownstown-Sefton

    From The Chicken Roost
    Blackie and Rhonda’s Mystery Eggs – Blackie and Rhonda’s (hens) have always made a production of producing nice, big, brown eggs. However, recently, there was a reduction in the size of the eggs in both hens!
    We could understand maybe a slight change in one, but we are puzzled why both seemed to slack off in the size of their eggs at the same time.
    Sneaky Pate, the wily wolf, had been sighted a couple of times, but would anxiety and/or fear cause a reduction in egg size?

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, June 27
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • All 4-H general projects have to be checked in at Brownstown Elementary School, 4-7 p.m.
    Friday, June 28
    • The Fayette County 4-H General Project Show, 5-8 p.m., Brownstown Elementary School.
    Saturday, June 29
    • St. Elmo Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    Monday was a hot summer day and we didn’t need warming up! Our leader was actually SoftFire (David and Patricia Pence). They got things rolling at 12:45, and had a jump on everyone! I think they must have camped out all night at the church or something to get all their brass and electronics set up that early.
    Our cookies were from the Emmanuel United Methodist Women of Brownstown and we sang "Happy Birthday" to a new member, Josh McMorris.  

  • Church Briefs

    Laurel Gene Waldon to perform Sunday

    Laurel Gene Waldon, a blind piano player who was reared in  Ramsey and currently lives in North Carolina, will be performing at Brownstown United Methodist Church this Sunday at 6 p.m.
    For more information, call the Rev. Don Thomas at 217-821-5260.

    Lesters to perform in Mulberry Grove

  • In EVERYTHING you do, do it for the glory of God

    If you had to think back through your day today, if you were honest, what would you  say was the most important thing to you today?